Former President Donald Trump had harsh words for Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) after reports that she is considering a presidential run.
Rep. Cheney was asked earlier this week about a potential bid for the White House and said she is not ruling it out.
“I’m not ruling anything in or out — ever is a long time,” Cheney told The New York Post. “I think we have a huge number of interesting candidates, but I think that we’re going to be in a good position to be able to take the White House. I do think that some of our candidates who led the charge, particularly the senators who led the unconstitutional charge, not to certify the election, you know, in my view, that’s disqualifying.”
Trump was quick to respond to her comments, saying she has “sooo little support, even from the Wyoming Republican Party.”
The feud grabbed headlines and could set the stage for a potential Republican primary ahead of a 2024 challenge to President Joe Biden.
The two leading Republicans have been at odds ever since Rep. Cheney voted in favor of then-President Trump’s impeachment last year. Rep. Cheney faced sharp opposition from her fellow Republican lawmakers and was even censured by the Republican party in her state.
Trump has indicated multiple times that he would not rule out a 2024 run for president and recently said he is “seriously considering” it. He went on to say Cheney has no chance at winning.
“Based on all polling, there is no way she can win,” Trump said. “She’ll either be yet another lobbyist or maybe embarrass her family by running for President in order to save face. This warmongering fool wants to stay in the Middle East and Afghanistan for another 19 years but doesn’t consider the big picture—Russia and China!”
Republicans throughout the party are walking the line of currying the favor of the former president and his supporters without drawing more attacks from some moderates and the left.
Potential 2024 presidential candidates in particular toe that line as they consider a run and wait to see if Trump’s rhetoric about another White House bid is more serious, or just talk.
One of those potential hopefuls is former Governor of South Carolina and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley. She was asked about running against Trump in the next presidential primary earlier this month and said she had no interest in opposing the former president, despite rumors to the contrary.
“I would not run if President Trump ran and I would talk to him about it,” Haley said.